Opportunities in the Pandemic

Cahill 7.30-01During the past four months of living through COVID-19 and adjusting to social distancing changes in our lifestyle and litigation practices, we have been compelled to rethink how and where we practice law.  Opportunities have emerged in our litigation practices …

Trial by Zoom

smith 7.24-01Prior to 2020, “Trial by Zoom” is a phrase that, for most of us, would have conjured to mind the classic dispute resolution method of youth: “I’ll race you for it.”  However, starting on March 13, 2020, the Massachusetts Supreme …

Estate Planning During a Pandemic

Malley 7.2-01As Tiffany mentioned in her introductory post, during the summer months we will be addressing our recent professional experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Private Client Group has remained busy during these unprecedented times. From the estate planning side, …

It’s officially summertime here at Beyond the Will, and our editorial team is looking forward to sunshine, outdoor activity, and ongoing gradual progress toward the “new normal,” including expanded access to the Courts for estate administration and probate litigation matters.  …

Blended Families and Intestacy Laws with Step-Children

The Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (“MUPC”), which went into effect on March 31, 2012, significantly changed estate administration in Massachusetts.  One particular area of change was taking into account modern “blended families” for the first time.  Blended families are very

Blended Families and Probate Litigation

tiffany blended families-01Perhaps no family structure is more rife with the potential for probate litigation than a blended family. This is why careful planning is so important, as Patricia Malley so wisely advised earlier this month. Without careful planning and transparency …

Estate Planning for Blended Families

Patricia - Belnded FamiliesWe have all heard the “fact” that 50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce. While that “fact” may be fiction, and the actual divorce rate is seemingly less, the reality is that more marriages do end in …

After discussing disinheritance in our April blog series and divorce in our May blog series, in June we will focus on the natural step after divorce:  blended families.  Specifically, our June blog series will examine the importance of planning for …

What Happens When a Spouse Dies During the Divorce Process?

hether 2To wrap up our series on the impact of divorce on estate planning and probate litigation and to dovetail on Tiffany Bentley’s post discussing a former spouse’s death after divorce, this blog changes the timeline:  death during a divorce.  Divorce …